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'The Walking Dead': What will happen when season 4 returns in February?

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There haven't been many spoilers on "The Walking Dead" lately, but there have been a lot of theories by fans. Now that the mid-season premiere date is quickly approaching, there are some teasers that may give clues on what will happen next. On Dec. 29, Latin Times revealed some interesting tidbits on what viewers can expect next.

Warning: If you do not want to know "The Walking Dead" season 4 spoilers, then stop reading.

Before the mid-season break, the characters finally had the big battle with the Governor, they ended up losing their home, Judith was presumed to be dead and everyone managed to get separated during the chaos.

The next villain

When the series returns, it will continue exactly where it left off with no time jump. With the Governor dead, fans have been wondering if Negan from the comics will be the next villain, but Robert Kirkman said not in season 4. It seems that this is the right time to not have any particular villain and to concentrate on the characters trying to survive and of course, they will likely encounter some bad people along the way. There doesn't need to be a big bad villain immediately after one dies off.

Rick, Carl and baby Judith

Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly that Rick and Carl are going to be on their own for a while. A preview revealed that they do find a house to stay in, but it's unclear if it is just for a short while or if they will try to make it their new home. Carl has to grow up and take on more responsibilities and the sneak peek shows that he lures zombies away from the house, so he will become more active in keeping him and his father safe.

Even though Rick and Carl believe that Judith is dead, her body was not found and the car seat straps were still buckled, not torn or shredded like they would be if a walker had gotten to her. Chances are that someone grabbed her just in time.

More of Daryl

There will be a lot more of Daryl in the second half of the season and there will be at least one episode where it revolves mostly around him.

Rumors are circulating the the Governor could return even though he is supposed to be dead. While viewers didn't see him killed directly, they did see get shot. A photograph from a deleted scene shows the Governor with a bullet wound in his head. It is unlikely that he will turn up alive, he has already been around for a few seasons and viewers have seen his story. As much as people love David Morrissey, the Governor's story has run its course.

Unchartered emotional waters

Maggie and Beth witnessed the execution of their father and showrunner Scott Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter,

"It helps define both of them into who they become and it affects them very deeply in this next half-season and beyond. Hershel's death, the loss of the prison, civilization and everything they built up -- this has all been taken away from them, and they are moving into very uncharted emotional waters."

Spoilers before season 4 even aired revealed that Emily Kinney, who plays Beth, would be getting more screen time. So far she has barely had any, so it will be interesting to really get to know her character when the season returns in February.

Carol's return

Viewers believe that Carol will return in the second half and that has been confirmed by Kirkman. Fans adore her and she has gone through so many changes, but many say that there is still more that can be done with her story. Not to worry, she will be coming back in the second half of season 4.

The mystery of the rats

Scott Gimple revealed that fans will discover who was feeding rats to the zombies. A lot of people think it was Lizzie and others think it could have been Bob. But the show is known for its twists and surprises, so it very well could be someone the group thinks they can trust.

New characters

Fans can expect some new characters that they will recognize from the comics. Dr. Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa and Sgt. Abraham Ford will all make their debut on the second half of season 4. Tricia Brock, who directed the episode they will be introduced in told the Columbia Daily Tribune that there will be four different storylines and that the whole episode will be very intimate.

Another new character will arrive named Gareth. Actor Andrew J. West has been cast to play the part according to The Hollywood Reporter and he will start off as a guest star, then he will be upgraded to a series regular in season 5 of "The Walking Dead." However, there are no hints at all what kind of character he will be and it is being kept a well-guarded secret.

Everyone is in danger

As fans can imagine, the characters are all in danger. It has been a long time since they have been out in the world among the zombies. While they know how to survive, there are even more of them than before and being separated, they run more of a risk of being killed. Kirkman told TV Line,

"We do some really interesting changes in these characters as they're put to the test and have to decide what they're willing to do to survive and how they're going to allow this new environment and new danger to affect them, which is what The Walking Dead is all about."

A major character will die

Last but not least, a major character will die. It is hard to predict who because as they have said before, nobody is safe. There are a lot of different theories and there is just no way to really know until the series resumes airing. One thing is for sure, things are going to get a lot more intense now that the group has lost their protective gates and have been separated from each other.

Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Feb. 9.

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